Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bottle Chapel at Airlie Gardens

Many of you that read this blog know we am planning on building a bottle wall in our garden. We hope to make it pretty cool. I have been collecting all kinds of bottles.

Working on a design concept to create the 'installation'. My thoughts on building it are as thus:


The concept as of right now is a half circle(arc) about 4-5 foot tall and maybe 10  foot long. This will be build down the embankment of the pond and I plan on fastening a small arced deck to sit on over the water on the pond. We will need steps down the the deck also. To the left of this will be another slightly curved retaining wall about 4 foot high and 15 foot long.  Good news is I'm getting ready to tear out and rebuild a deck into a custom screened porch for a customer and should have lots of 5 year old treated pine to build the deck with, recycle is the name of this project.

Build a sand box and set the bottles in it to figure out the design. Or build a 2 x 8 frame and cover it with fabric or chicken wire and cut holes to set the bottles in the design.

Next clean the bottles to be installed after the bottle design is set.

Then dig footers and hand mix my own concrete with re bars sticking up for strength.

Install some type of temporary guide system so the wall goes up where we want it. 

Then make my own mortar and start building the wall.

The bottles and mortar will need to scrubbed clean and smooth each day after building.

Here are some detail photos from Airlie Gardens  to give you an ideal of what we are aiming for. The design will be ours of course.
 Here is half the swallowtail design, the sun was too bright to show both sides of the wings. I don't have near as many blue bottles as this has or square clear bottles either. The red in the eyes are red glasses, not bottles.
Here is a close up of the wizard faces. I really don't know if they are wizards, I just think they look like wizards. See the clear bottle at the top center with the long thin neck, I have a bottle like that.
At the left of the doorway is a tree, it is lit up from the sun too. I doubt given the hieght of our wall we'll be able to do a tree, blueberry bush maybe.
This is a shrine inside the bottle chapel, I have a tall bottle like on the left.
The back side of the butterfly, lit by the sun.
Very cool huh?  I do not have any red glass at all, one amber/orange rectangle bottle is the closest thing I have to red.
Note all the bottles are pointed down this way no water gets inside them to freeze and break them.
I've several long blue bottles like these. I was at the recycling center yesterday and found 4 blue bottles. Was leaving with 3 blue bottles and this woman emptied her bin and I saw a long blue bottle making 4 for the day! Sometimes it is weeks before I find a single blue bottle.


See the water inside the big blue bottle, a hard freeze and it'll be broken.

Can you see why I want to build us a cool bottle wall?

23 comments:

ann said...

Absolutely amazing. Where do all of the blue bottle come from? With plastic replacing glass, finding bottles must be difficult. I remember the Mrs. Butterworth bottles and threw the last one away, darn it. You bottle wall will be spectacular.

compost in my shoe said...

Totally cool to the point that I have to have one in my garden. Please keep us informed as your wall emerges!

Carol said...

Astonishing! Now that is a great way to recycle!

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

Oh that looks cool! I'm building a wall too but of hypertufa and have been making all the "rocks" in my basement all winter and will assemble it outside when the weather warms up!

Kyna said...

That place is so awesome, we visited for the first time last spring. I'd love to create something like that, you're living my dream! Can't wait to see what you come up with :)

Randy Emmitt said...

Ann,

Still some blue bottles out there, vodka, sherry and Riesling wine. The three sided vodka bottle just went plastic as did Trader Joe's water bottles.

Compost,
Will do, start collecting your bottles. Once you start looking you'll find that getting them is easier than you think.

Carol,
Recycling it is the law here. Getting a building permit for a job in Chapel Hill, I also need a recycling permit, so they can be sure we recycle.

Heather,
Been following you blog, not seen your blocks yet?

Kyna,

I'm sure we'll spent eons of time on this. My budget for re bar cement, gravel and sand is about $400.

Janet said...

The intense colors of the glass is amazing. What a fun sculpture.

Brie said...

I have never heard of Airlie Gardens. Very beautiful! Will have to check out their Green Day events. Thank you for sharing...can't wait to see your garden sculpture.

Appalachian Lady said...

I think I saw this on a blog before but I like your detailed photos--shows more construction details. I have been saving a few blue bottles but probably will never get enough for a bottle wall. Wish I lived closer--I would give my blue bottles to you!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I love these! I look forward to seeing your bottle wall.

Anonymous said...

Oh that is so awesome, will have to check it out next time in NC. My daughter lives down there so I have a good excuse!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello mates, its great piece of writing concerning tutoringand fully defined, keep it up all the time.
My web page ; acai

Anonymous said...

Appreciate the recommendation. Let me try it out.


Feel free to surf to my weblog; Landing Page

Anonymous said...

My brother suggested I may like this blog. He was once entirely right.
This publish truly made my day. You can not consider just how a lot time I had spent for this info!
Thanks!

Here is my webpage; academy sports tulsa

Anonymous said...

Definitely consider that that you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be at the web the
simplest factor to consider of. I say to you, I certainly get irked at the same time as other folks think about worries that
they plainly do not know about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as smartly as
outlined out the entire thing without having side effect
, other people can take a signal. Will probably be again to get more.
Thank you

My web-site - rockstar squeezepage

Anonymous said...

Definitely consider that that you said. Your favorite justification
seemed to be at the web the simplest factor to consider of.
I say to you, I certainly get irked at the same time as other folks think about worries that they plainly do
not know about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as smartly as outlined out the entire thing without having side effect , other people can take a signal.
Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

Feel free to visit my homepage ... rockstar squeezepage

Anonymous said...

I got this web page from my pal who told me about this website and at the moment this time I am browsing this site and reading very informative content at this place.



My webpage :: https://www.facebook.com/

Anonymous said...

Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the
pictures on this blog loading? I'm trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog.
Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.


Feel free to visit my weblog wartrol reviews

Anonymous said...

Hello there! This blog post could not be written any
better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
He continually kept talking about this. I am going to send this information to him.
Pretty sure he'll have a very good read. I appreciate you for sharing!

Visit my web blog does wartrol work

Anonymous said...

Very good article. I absolutely appreciate this website.
Thanks!

Feel free to visit my homepage: live hotmail

Anonymous said...

Great post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject?
I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Cheers!

Also visit my web page ... purchaselink.com

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the layout
of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got
to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content
so people could connect with it better. Youve got
an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?


Also visit my web site ... zetaclear review

Anonymous said...

This protocol by specification is ten,400 baud.

Of course, this kind of machine have to be really hard to use, proper?



my web-site ... http://www.paghosthuntersclub.com/profile/KieranWeller